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Stevenson Center, affordable housing


Purpose of Report

This report was written in response to a request from Habitat for Humanity of McLean County. The report expands upon and updates an affordable homeownership needs assessment for the Bloomington-Normal community – with an emphasis on West Bloomington – that was created in 2004. Because the housing market and economic conditions of the area have changed drastically in the last 6 years, an updated report is necessary.

Data Sources and Methodology

This report uses a combination of primary and, mainly, secondary data sources. Interviews were conducted with representatives of, among others, Bloomington Housing Authority, the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Bloomington-Normal Area, Mid Central Community Action, Prairie State Legal Services, and the West Bloomington Revitalization Project. A variety of data were gathered from secondary sources, such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Census, the City of Bloomington, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Mid Central Community Action, the National Association of Realtors, and the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).


We, the 2010-2011 Stevenson Center Class, would like to thank the Pohlman Family Foundation for their continued support of the Stevenson Center and its students. We would like to thank Dr. Joan Brehm for her patience, guidance and mentorship. Additionally we would like to express our gratitude to the Bloomington-Normal community organizations and citizens who took the time to meet with each of us and share their insight and knowledge. Lastly we would like to thank Habitat for Humanity of McLean County for its support of the Bloomington-Normal community and for giving us the opportunity to contribute to their mission.